The Stand Up for Heroes live event is back with even more laughs thanks to Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart amongst others. The benefit performance has returned to live performances this year marking its fifteenth annual event.
After taking a year-long break due to the pandemic, the New York Comedy Festival has returned with more roasts than ever before. The Monday night extravaganza featured an array of talent from singers to comedians including Brandi Carlile, Grace Gaustad, Jim Gaffigan, Nikki Glaser, Nate Bargatze, and Donnell Rawlings, just to name a few.
The charitable event raises money to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation, founded by Woodruff and his wife Lee. Woodruff is an American broadcast journalist known for co-anchoring ABC World News Tonight in 2006. That same year, he was severely injured in an explosion in Iraq while on assignment. He has slowly recovered over an extended period of time.
Stand Up For Heroes Supports Wounded Warriors and Veterans
The Bob Woodruff Foundation raises funds in support of groups working with military soldiers and servicemen. The Foundation allocates resources to provide aid from physical wounds to mental health and suicide prevention to employment assistance and more.
At this year’s event, Woodruff warmly introduced five Marines sitting in the front row. Ten weeks earlier, these five Marines served as a part of the Ghost Company. Ghost Company evacuated people from the airport in Kabul. This was in response to a suicide bomber who killed 13 Americans, including nine Ghost Company members.
“I just feel so lucky so anything I can do to help out I will,” said Bargatze before the show.
Comedy Roast of A Lifetime
Stewart opened the show roasting Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers.
“There is good news on the pandemic. I was talking to my Dr. Aaron … Rodgers, and it looks good. It’s almost over,” said Stewart. “He read something in a bathroom. I don’t remember what it was. How the f–k does a quarterback not understand the concept of protection? Prevention and protection!”
“Let’s say you’re a vulnerable person so you get five big — they’re not even like human — they’re like antibodies. Like fire,” Stewart continued, “And then you stand behind them, and then one of them just says, ‘I believe in freedom. So, go ahead.’
Rodgers has yet to respond to the harsh criticism.
Springsteen closed out the show with a passionate performance including songs “I’ll Work For Your Love,” “Letter to You,” “Hungry Heart” and “Dancing in the Dark.”
The wildly successful comedy fundraiser ended up raising over $4.6 million in support of veterans and military servicemen.